28. Kansas

Economic uncertainty is stunting growth in the Sunflower State, but good schools are paving the way for a bright future.

Top States Kansas
Source: George Kavallines
2016 Rank
2015 Rank
Workforce 206 30 10
Cost of Doing Business 183 26 30
Infrastructure 216 8 7
Economy 135 39 44 (Tie)
Quality of Life 138 37 (Tie) 35
Technology & Innovation 119 28 30 (Tie)
Education 127 9 (Tie) 10
Business Friendliness 89 19 16
Cost of Living 53 16 8 (Tie)
Access to Capital 9 42 46
Overall 1275 28 24 (Tie)

Economic Profile

Governor: Sam Brownback, Republican

Population: 2,911,641

GDP growth: 0.2 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 4 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 4.6 percent

Gasoline tax: 42.43 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2, negative

Major private employers: Cessna Aircraft Corporation, Sprint Corporation

Economic profile sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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